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Free Will Astrology

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) It’s prime time to promote cross-cultural liaisons and interspecies relationships. I encourage you to experiment with hybrids and facilitate the union of diverse interests. You will be working in alignment with cosmic trends if you strengthen the connections between influences that belong together, and even between influences that don’t know they belong together. So see what you can do to facilitate conversations between Us and Them. Negotiate peace treaties between Yes and No. Look for legitimate ways to compare apples and oranges.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Gonzo columnist Mark Morford wrote a list of liberated behaviors he wants to cultivate. Since you’re in the emancipatory phase of your yearly cycle, I invite you to try some of his strategies. 1) Have a gentler grip. Let go of tight-assed attitudes; 2) Make deeper penetration. Don’t be satisfied with surfaces; 3) Raise the vibration. Isn’t it a waste of precious life energy to mope around in a sour and shriveled frame of mind? 4) Appreciate appreciation. Treat gratitude as an emotion of the same caliber as joy; 5) Cultivate ecstatic silliness. Develop a blissful ability to take everything less seriously; 6) Drink the awe. Allow astonishment to seep in. More: tinyurl.com/morfordjoy

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) From an astrological perspective, now would be a good time to go on a meditation retreat for a few days or make a pilgrimage to your ancestral homeland. You would generate just the right shifts in your brain chemistry by doing something like that. Other recommended adventures: reviewing the story of your entire life from your first memory to the present moment; writing a brief letter to the five people you have loved best, telling them why you’ve loved them; spending a day outside of time, when you don’t consult a clock or use electronic media for the duration.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Sagittarius comedian Steven Wright says he took a class in speed waiting. “Now I can wait an hour in only ten minutes,” he brags. I think you will have the same knack in the coming days. Your patience is likely to be much more effective than usual. Results will come faster and they’ll be more intense. The only catch is that you will really have to be calm and composed and willing to wait a long time. It won’t work if you’re secretly antsy and only pretending to be imperturbable.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Let the boundaries blur a bit. Don’t stick too rigidly to the strict definitions. Play around with some good old-fashioned fuzzy logic. The straight facts and the precise details are important to keep in mind, but you shouldn’t cling to them so ferociously that they stifle your imagination. You need to give yourself enough slack to try open-ended experiments. You’ll be smart to allow some wobble in your theories and a tremble in your voice. Magic will happen if there’s plenty of wiggle room.

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